New Year’s Celebration: Oshogatsu

January 25, 2015
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2–4 PM

Buy Tickets: Festival & Taiko Drumming Session I @ 2 pm
Buy Tickets: Festival & Taiko Drumming Session II @ 3 pm

Celebrate the New Year holiday at Japan Society’s annual Oshogatsu event and participate in various traditional activities. Families watch live taiko drumming and accompanying lion dancing (shishi-mai) and have the chance to participate in a brief taiko practice session at either 2 or 3 pm (session is chosen at time of ticket purchase). Other fun activities include rice pounding (mochi-tsuki), calligraphy (kakizome), kite (tako)-making, traditional games (fukuwarai), and top spinning (koma-mawashi).

Recommended for all ages. Healthy Japanese light meals, snacks and festival-related refreshments available for purchase by BentOn.

Oshogatsu is a part of CelebrASIA NYC: New Year’s Festivities for Families. For more info, visit

Tickets: $18/$10 Japan Society members; children ages 2 and under free
(includes festival and one taiko drumming session)

Education Programs are made possible by generous funding from The Freeman Foundation.

Additional support is provided by The Norinchukin Foundation, Inc., Chris A. Wachenheim, Jon T. Hutcheson, and Joshua S. Levine and Nozomi Terao.

Student and Family Programs are supported by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Annual Family Festivities are sponsored in part by Kumon.     

  • Sunday, January 25, 2015
  • 2:00 pm